What's A Mandalynth?


A Celtic Art Mandalynth is a MINDFULNESS tool you trace with a stylus.

Any stylus will work. You can use a capped pen, a coffee stir, a chopstick – anything that points.

Begin tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth anywhere, and end at any time. Cross over intersections as you follow the woven path. The goal is to get your mind to focus.



Tracing a twisting pathway isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. It's a lot like doodling.

Tracing forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. Since there are no decisions to make when tracing – and because each Celtic Art Mandalynth pattern contains a few tricks here and there – the mind stops analyzing and becomes quietly observant.

In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

When the mind is focused, it can ground and calm down. You enter a state of “relaxed awareness”. This is the same state you experience with yoga and slow movement exercises. You are attentive and mindful.



It’s easy because when you trace you aren’t using your fine motor skills. Your fingers don’t move much at all. Rather, your arm moves when you trace. It’s a gross motor skill. Because you aren’t creating anything, you do not need to be accurate. Stray outside of the line ever so slightly. Does it matter? Hopefully not.


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Many people are enjoying the relaxing benefits of adult coloring books. These books engage the mind and bring back memories of childhood creativity.

Tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth is a little different than coloring. When you color, you create. To do that you must make decisions; which color to use, where to put the color, etc. When you trace, there are no decisions to make. You simply follow the pathway of the design.

Tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth is more like doodling. The brain becomes more passive, though it is still very aware.

Also, some people experience performance anxiety when coloring. They are worried that they may not be coloring correctly. Perhaps the coloring patterns are a bit too detailed and intense.

When you trace, there is no performance anxiety because there is no right or wrong. You simply relax into the exercise and let your mind decompress. Choose a Celtic Art Mandalynth design with the right amount of intensity. Different designs have different effects on the brain.

To color and trace, try a pack of Celtic Mandalynth Coloring Cards.


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When you are active, your brain utilizes the prefrontal cortex. This is where you make decisions. What am I wearing today? How long before my next meeting? What am I eating for dinner?

When you trace a Celtic Art Mandalynth, your brain utilizes the medial prefrontal cortex. This is an area of the brain associated, in part, with emotional regulation. It is also a part of the brain that inhibits the response to negative stimulation. For example, you might react more slowly to your telephone when you are tracing. You may even let a call go to voicemail because you are in a calmer state.

When you are active, you use active brain waves such as the alpha and beta waves. When you trace, you use slower brain waves such as the delta and theta waves. To see an example of brain activity when tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth, please download the Brain Mapping Case Study conducted by Dr. Jeff Tarrant.


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You can physically calm down. Calming the brain calms the body. It’s a psychosomatic reaction. The reverse is also true. When you are upset, your body gets tense.

Some people feel their heart rates and blood pressure drop when tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth. Some people feel pain relax because the tension causing that pain begins to ease. Some people feel their headaches start to abate.

Some people experience a carry-over after tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth. They enter a relaxed state that lasts for a few moments. This is the result of activating the delta and theta brain waves. The effect will eventually drift off, but it is a wonderful experience while it occurs.

Neuroplasticity. When you trace a Celtic Art Mandalynth with one hand and then the other, you engage more activity in the brain. Neurologists often mention the benefits of using the non-dominant hand. Some studies have linked using both hands with the management of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke recovery. While tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth is no cure for any physiological condition, it is an easy way to use the non-dominant hand. This promotes whole-brain stimulation.

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The essential benefit of tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth is focus. This is a simple result, but there are many behavioral conditions where focus can offer excellent benefits.

  • Mild Stress and Anxiety

With mild stress and anxiety, taking a moment to trace a Celtic Art Mandalynth is like hitting the brain’s “reset button”. It’s the old advice to just stop and take a breath, only more comprehensive. When you have a stressful moment, tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth for a few minutes will create enough focus for you to approach a situation more clearly.

  • Severe Stress and Anxiety

With severe stress and anxiety, taking a moment to trace a Celtic Art Mandalynth can provide a much-needed escape from a mounting crisis. The focus of tracing allows the mind to decompress from signals that are overwhelming the brain. You may find yourself tracing for several minutes, but if you force yourself to focus on the Mandalynth design instead of on the issues that are causing stress, you will eventually be able to “get a grip” on the situation.

  • Panic and PTSD Attacks

Anyone who’s gone through a panic attack knows how debilitating it is. A trigger hits, and the brain is suddenly in “fight or flight”. You must escape the danger, or you feel that you might die. The mind’s processing becomes so overwhelmed that you might not be able to move or breathe, and meltdown is imminent.

Tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth locks down the hand-to-eye coordination. This isolates two key senses, which is a good start to “breaking” the panic reaction. In her work with Celtic Art Therapy and EMDR, Dr. Cathryn Harris notes that when a patient becomes overwhelmed with the recollection of a traumatic memory, they can still trace an object. This helps them deal with the “fight or flight” reaction.

When tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth, a person in a panic state can create a Safe Space. This allows them to regain control of the moment and work through the panic trigger. By managing the trigger, a person may be able to learn to cope with the trigger. Coping skills are best learned from a trained behavioral health professional, but a Celtic Art Mandalynth is a tool to use when the panic hits.

  • ADD, ADHD and Autism

One issue facing children and adults with attention disorders or autism is the inability to focus.

Sometimes you can’t focus because a situation just doesn’t make sense. It may make sense to everyone else, but your brain just doesn’t get it. Everyone is expecting you to figure out the answer to the problem, and when you can’t you become frustrated. This type of situation is uncomfortable, embarrassing, and may cause a meltdown.

Sometimes there is simply too much stimulation for you to process. There are just too many sights and sounds. Other people may be able to block them out, but you are paying so much attention to so many things that the brain overloads. Again, this may cause a meltdown.

Anyone with ADD, ADHD or autism knows when they are about to meltdown. Any parent with a child who has these conditions knows when their child is about to meltdown. Engaging in a simple, easy focus task will often help the situation.

Tracing a Celtic Art Mandalynth provides this focus. You aren’t looking about. You are only looking at the Mandalynth. You aren’t reaching out and grabbing things. You are only gripping the stylus. The mind can find a place to rest, and once you are calm you can re-approach the situation that caused the overload with more clarity.

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There are 3 categories of Celtic Art Mandalynth designs, Open, Medium and Tight. There is no Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. A gifted child may like a difficult design. An intelligent adult may need to decompress with a gentle design. It’s all about the brain state.

Chose a Celtic Art Mandalynth design that brings you into a calm frame of mind. If a Mandalynth is too simple, try something with a bit more intensity. If a Mandalynth is too complex, try something with more flow. Challenge yourself if you wish, but the goal is not to “grade” your performance. The goal is to help you focus into a mindful state where you can decompress from stimuli.

Here are some of the basic uses for each Celtic Art Mandalynth category.

Open Celtic Art Mandalynths are gentle and lulling to trace. They also have a rhythmic count, which means that when you trace them they have a tempo. Open Mandalynth designs are best for relaxing an agitated mental state such as stress, anxiety and panic.


Medium Celtic Art Mandalynths are a little tricky to trace. However, they also have a nice flow to the overall pattern. Still, they make you focus more closely. Medium Mandalynth designs are best for attention issues, such as ADD, ADHD, high-function autism, and the “ruminating” mind which obsesses and fixates so much that it creates anxiety.


Tight Celtic Art Mandalynths are difficult to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love challenge. Tight Mandalynth designs are best for gifted minds, puzzle-solvers, and people who love intensity. Lower-functioning autism has also responded well to these types of designs.


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If you have any questions about Celtic Art Mandalynths, please use the Contact Us page. All correspondences go to the creator of Celtic Art Mandalynths – Erin Rado – who also goes by the art name Ravensdaughter.